If you’re planning a holiday in Lanzarote, do not forget to treat yourself to a gluttony. The island boasts an excellent culinary tradition, which will make you discover new flavors and appreciate local products.
During your vacation in Lanzarote, you have to try the best restaurants you can find tasty and traditional local foods.
The cuisine of Lanzarote is very delicious and based on fresh products. The typical Canarian dishes are prepared according to ancient recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. While fish is the staple food of most local dishes, meat also plays a major role. In general, the Canarian cuisine uses fresh vegetables, cured meats and a minimal amount of fatty foods.
Fish is the preferred ingredient and it is found in many different preparations: fried, baked, boiled and salted. It is often served with traditional sauces called “mojo rojo” (red spicy sauce) and “mojo verde” (a mild green sauce).
One of the most common native dishes served in the Canary Islands is a stew called “Sancocho“. It is made of sauteed seafood and it is very famous for fish lovers.
Another typical dish of Lanzarote is the “gofio”. The gofio is based on toasted wheat flour: it can be eaten with milk, in fish soup or made into a paste of salt and water. Gofio is a dish that has been served in all the Canaries for many centuries.
The potatoes are served in many ways in Lanzarote, but the most popular are “papas arrugadas”. These small potatoes are boiled with salt and vinegar and accompanied by red and green mojo sauces.
During a visit to Lanzarote you can not miss some of the unique vineyards: there are 18 commercial vineyards in Lanzarote, with thousands of private wineries throughout the island.
El Grifo is the oldest winery in Lanzarote. Located in the center of the island in the main wine growing region, El Grifo boasts of being among the 10 oldest wineries of Spain. A family-run vineyard produces around 400,000 to 600,000 bottles a year.
Arrieta is a small fishing village on the northeast coast of the island and El Amanecer restaurant offers fresh fish specialties.
Choose a table on the terrace overlooking the sea and order a parillada mixta de mariscos with side dish of papas arrugadas without forgetting to try the spectacular calmares a la plancha, drinking a dry white wine.
The restaurant is pretty cheap and it is also very popular with locals and is always very crowded: fot this reason, remember to book (especially on holidays).
Volcan de la Corona
Right below the slopes of la Corona, Lanzarote’s highest volcano, Volcan de la Corona restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere and formidable barbecued specialties.
Try the grilled beef fillet with salt, pepper, blackberry and curry. Due to its location, it is very close to the beginning of the path that leads to the volcano crater and a few kilometers from the Mirador de Rio, it can be a pleasant stop after a nice walk or after having visited one of Manrique’s most spectacular architectures.
After having admired the natural wonder of the Gulf, enter the small fishing village, dotted with restaurants along the coast and arrive to the end of the road, where you will find the El Caletòn restaurant.
Do not miss the marisco paella while you enjoy the spectacle of the sun setting over the sea, do not forget to taste the bienmesabe, the typical spoon cake made with eggs, sugar, almonds and biscuits and, end the meal with a glass of Ron Miel.
The Hermit is a cozy and informal tapas bar, where you can taste delicious tapas and pinchos accompanied with a glass of wine. Do not forget to taste the piquillo rellenos de cangrejo (stuffed crab pepper).
In the quaint town of Teguise, in the central part of the island, El Sabio where you can eat a good pizza, but not only: the’ restaurant also offers a wide range of first courses and fresh pasta. Perfect for a stopover after visiting the weekly market which is held every Sunday on the streets of the village or while you are returning from the beautiful beach of Famara.
El Diablo is very famous on Lanzarote’s island, because the chefs cook the specialty of the place, that’s to say grilled meat, at 450 °C, using an “infernal” temperature.
It is located in Lanzarote and the chef uses the geothermal heat of the dormant volcano, for cooking foods.
The restaurant is considered one of the most “dangerous” in the world for its location: indeed, it is placed in the Timanfaya National Park and it allows you to enjoy the panoramic view of the Fire Mountains. The volcano on which it stands, however, does not erupt since 1824 and it is considered now extinct, despite producing so much heat.
The restaurant has created the most original barbeque in the world: here you do not need to light any fire, to cook meat (or fish, since you are in the heart of one of the Canary Islands) it is sufficient to exploit the boiling steam emanating from the perforated ground, in order to create a hole, from which the heat rises.
Around this opening a stone grid was created, with nine layers of volcanic basalt boulders, used for cooking food that apparently uses a “healthy” system: as reported by the Daily Mail, the director, Julio Padron, confirmed that several scientists and volcanologists consider it an absolutely safe method for cooking. Hoping the volcano will not wake up.